Women's Forum of Litchfield
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield, CT is an organization whose purpose is to
provide programs that reflect “a thoughtful exchange on subjects of general interest.”
Founded in 1914, the organization has had an impressive list of speakers
throughout its history including Eleanor Roosevelt.
For more information:

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
Flute & Harp Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 7 ~ 2:30 pm
St. Michael's, Litchfield
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes flutist Jennifer
Berman and harpist Susan Knapp Thomas to perform a special holiday
concert at St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, just off the
Litchfield Green on Thursday, December 7, beginning at 2:30pm.

Sharon Elizabeth Photography
Jennifer Berman, flutist, began studying the flute at age seven in South
Florida. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where she
received both her High School diploma and Bachelor of Music degree as a
student of Philip Dunigan. She then studied at the Manhattan School of
Music for her Master of Music degree.

After freelancing in New York, she became a member of the Civic
Orchestra of Chicago, where she was co-principal for 2 years. She moved
to Connecticut in 1994, where she performs with many area orchestras,
including the Hartford Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Connecticut
Virtuosi, Norwalk Symphony and New Britain Symphony.  Jennifer performs
chamber music as a member of the Harmonia V Woodwind Quintet, a group
that focuses on new and rarely heard works.

Susan Knapp Thomas, harpist, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the
Eastman School of Music, and is a well-known Chamber, Orchestral and
Solo Concert Artist and teacher throughout Connecticut and Southern New
England.  She has enjoyed a long relationship with the Hartford
Symphony, and was their featured concerto soloist in 2008, performing
Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with principal flutist, Grieg Shearer.
She also plays regularly for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is Principal
Harpist for the Waterbury Symphony, and performed as harpist for the
U.S. Coast Guard Band from 1987-2002. Ms. Thomas regularly plays shows
for the Goodspeed Opera House, in addition to touring shows for the
Bushnell and the Shubert Theaters in Hartford and New Haven, CT.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information
are 860-567-3966 and womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Can Science Slow Aging?"
Thursday, November 2,2017
@  Litchfield Community Center
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed everyone to a lively
and informative program entitled “Can Science Slow Aging”
at the Litchfield Community Center  on Thursday, November 2nd.

Speaker Bill Gifford, the author of
Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)
led the audience on a personal investigation into the science of aging,
from wrinkles and baldness to the innermost workings of human cells.  
He separated the wheat from the chaff as he exposed
hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society.

The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Being Your Best Self - Now and Always"
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Litchfield Community Center
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed all to
a lively and informative program entitled “Being Your Best Self”
 at the Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Facilitator Joseph Montebello led the discussion about
the latest methods for optimal health and beauty at any age,
and the changing attitudes towards aging.  The panel included
professionals in their various fields of expertise.  

Dr. Alicia D. Zalka received her undergraduate degree from Boston University,
and graduated with honors from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is
a Clinical Attending at the Yale University Department of Dermatology,
and also on staff at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital.

Dr. Amir Nasir is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board
of Plastic Surgery who specializes in all aspects of cosmetic surgery
 including facial rejuvenation, breast surgery, body contouring, fat transfers
(including Brazilian butt lifts) and liposuction. Another area that
interests him is cosmetic surgery for men who have their
own distinct needs and approaches to surgery.

Carla Angevine, MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is the
Clinical Nutrition Manager at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington,
where she is responsible for providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to
 inpatients and Intensive Behavioral Nutrition Counseling to outpatients.   
She has been active in CHH’s community initiative; Fit Together and developed
 an eight week nutrition and movement program for at-risk children.
 She is also a certified health coach and fitness instructor.

Tonya Benvenuti, General Manager of Litchfield Athletic Club,
 has been in the Fitness industry for 17 years.  Her main focus
is “on the whole body, and to keep people moving!”

The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"An Artist's Story"
as lived by Danielle Mailer
Thursday, April 6, 2017
@ Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed renowned painter and muralist
Danielle Mailer for a program at the Litchfield Community Center
 on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 2:30pm.  

Danielle Mailer is the daughter of Peruvian painter Adele Morales
 and writer Norman Mailer, and will be speaking about their
 influences on her while forging her own impressive career.

Photo of Danielle Mailer by Steven Sussman

In her own words, “Part autobiographical, part mythological and spiritual,
Danielle Mailer's figures combine threads of her consciousness in a joyful
explosion of pattern and color.”  Anyone who has seen the blue lion at the
 Salisbury library or the fabulous forty-foot-long Fish Tales mural in
downtown Torrington knows firsthand of that joyful explosion.

She received her BA from Bowdoin College and studied at both the
New York Studio School and the School of Visual Arts. In the last half a
decade she has completed three site-specific public artworks in
Torrington and Salisbury, with the help of grants from Connecticut
Commission on Culture and Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts
and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Mailer also installed three indoor wall pieces for Boston Children's Hospital's
new wing and has shown in galleries and museums throughout North America.
She was honored with a retrospective at the Mattatuck Museum
with over 40 of her works on display. She was also part of a traveling
retrospective of Provincetown artists titled "The Tides of Provincetown"
 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

She is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown and
 The White Gallery in Lakeville and has her own gallery/studio in Goshen, CT.
She is Litchfield Magazine's two-time recipient of the
"50 Most Influential People" of 2010 and 2012 in Litchfield County.

Women’s Forum of Litchfield  Presents
"Welcome to the Soaps"
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed Peter T. Rich
for a program entitled “Welcome to the Soaps” at the
Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Mr. Rich, one of the premier soap opera writers in the business,
will relate what it’s like to create characters and dialog
– a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on.
 He has written for soap operas for over twenty-eight years.
Born in Atlanta, Peter moved to New York as an aspiring comedy writer.
After hearing that Bob Hope was looking for comedy writers, he moved to California,
convinced he and his partner would somehow get the job writing for Bob Hope.
They did and, at 25 years old, were the youngest writers Hope ever hired.  
Peter worked for Hope until a writer's strike, using that as an excuse to
 move back to New York. It was during that time soap operas were
 introducing humor to stay relevant. He and his partner were hired
to write scripts for the old NBC soap, The Doctors.  

Thanks to his acerbic wit and quick mind, he has penned some
of the most memorable lines in television for Santa Barbara,
All My Children, Days of Our Lives, and Passions. He has won six Emmys,
as well as numerous Writers’ Guild Awards. Although most of the soaps
are gone, they live on in the minds of all the fans who
spent those afternoons glued to their TV screens.

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Artisans at Work:
Farm to Table & Buying Local"
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed four local businesses creating
 artisanal specialties and writer Joseph Montebello in a conversation
 at the Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
The focus of the discussion was on how their businesses have flourished and,
to illustrate their talents, there was produce and product for sale.

Savor Fine Foods is a micro-bakery specializing in unique handmade
shortbread cookies, offering a variety of flavors that are “an extraordinary diversity,”
according to owner/founder André Kreft, who grew up in Connecticut,
and lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a visual artist.
He redirected his creativity towards food production when he returned to his home state.

The food career of Niles Golovin began in his teens, when he had the
opportunity to work in the dining rooms of the "Borscht Belt" hotels.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America,
he moved to New York City and spent the next fifteen
years working in restaurants that were defining the
New American Cuisine.  Then the "Bread Revolution" evolved,
and he wheedled his way into the bakery of Richard Bourdon,
owner of Berkshire Mt. Bakery. He decided to open
his own bakery, which has become a must-visit in Bantam.

Mark Palladino has an accounting and finance background, with an
elementary education degree.  His life took a very different turn when
he became a certified organic farm apprentice in 2000 at Riverbank Farm
in Roxbury and worked part-time with Pratt Nature Center as an
educational instructor.   In 2003 Wild Carrot Farm began, was certified
organic after three years and grew to ten acres of vegetables, flowers,
fruits, and herbs.  WCF became a founding member of the Litchfield and
Collinsville farmers’ markets and employs mostly local teenagers for its labor force.

Joanie Guglielmino, co-owner/operator of Jessie’s Restaurant from 1985-2000,
has always been attracted to the plant world perhaps because both her
mother and her grandfather were avid gardeners. She purchased most
of her produce from Wild Carrot Farm and started working there for her
veggies as a CSA workshare in 2008 when Mark Palladino started up a CSA program.
She came on full-time in 2009 to help Mark manage the farm and has been there ever since.

Kimberly Thorn with last year’s giant chocolate Easter egg.

Kimberly Thorn of Milk House Chocolates in Goshen is proud
that they have been voted “Best in Connecticut” for 2015 and 2016.  
She describes her chocolates “Our Signature flavors are based
 on the fresh milk, cream and butter we make here at Thorncrest Farm.
Pure ingredients equals pure simple pleasures.” She also offers
cheese-making classes that have been well-received.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee
at the door, which includes a High Tea reception.
The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207

The Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Land Conservation in Litchfield County"
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed three experts on the subject of
Land Conservation in Litchfield County to speak about their own experiences
at the Litchfield Community Center  on Thursday, January 5, 2017
L-R: Richard Heys, Amy Blaymore Paterson and Tim Abbott.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land
Conservation Council, works with the CLCC Steering Committee to provide
the Connecticut conservation community -- including its 137+ land trusts
-- with technical assistance, training and advocacy for land
conservation across the state. She previously served as a
Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, overseeing several
complex conservation transactions, and worked as an attorney,
 concentrating on land preservation and environmental protection.
She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from
the University of Denver. In recognition of her years of work in conservation,
Amy was awarded the 2014 Women Inspiring Conservation in
Connecticut Award, sponsored by The USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service, The Farm Service Agency and the Connecticut
Association of Conservation Districts. An avid trail runner,
when Amy isn't helping to conserve land, she's outside enjoying it.

Tim Abbott has been the Director of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint since 2006
and an employee of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) since 2008
when the Greenprint became a regional conservation partnership.
During his tenure, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative has facilitated
more than 3,300 acres of protected land and leveraged more than
$10,800,000 in public and private funding for these projects.
He has been a conservation leader in New England since 1998,
with prior positions as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s three state
Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program and as a Program Director with the
Trust For Public Land in Connecticut.  He holds an MA from Clark University
 in International Development and a BA in English from Haverford College.

Richard Heys, President of the Litchfield Land Trust, has always liked
 the out-of-doors but was especially moved to appreciate humans’
place as part of the natural world by his backpacking experiences in the
Sierra Nevada while living in California. It was only after retiring from a
career in science (he has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University
and worked in pharmaceutical research) and moving to northwestern
Connecticut that he had a real opportunity to act on his feelings about
the importance of land preservation. He joined the board of the
Litchfield Land Trust in 2011 and has served as president since 2015.

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"A Cabaret by New York Jazz Great Steve Doyle"
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield returned to St. Michael’s Parish
in Litchfield for their third annual holiday concert
starring New York jazz singer and pianist Steve Doyle.  
Steve Doyle is an active part of the New York jazz and cabaret scenes
performing regularly at prestigious venues such as the Carlyle, Town Hall,
Joe’s Pub and the Metropolitan Room.  He is also invited to perform
at jazz festivals, concerts and club engagements across
 the US and around the globe as both a leader and a sideman.

The list of noteworthy artists who request Steve’s services as a
sideman currently include Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan,
Karen Oberlin, to name a few.  In the past, Steve has shared the stage
with Tony Desare, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Stryker, Gene Bertoncini,
Kate McGarry, Steve Slagle, Kurt Rosenwinkle,
Hilary Kole and many other noteworthy artists.   

A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, Steve was awarded
a scholarship for study with John Clayton and Charlie Haden from the
Milt Hinton Scholarship Fund Competition sponsored by the
International Society of Bassists and was selected as a semifinalist
in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.  
He has two recordings to date – ‘Presence’ and ‘Home to You.’
His steady bookings in the New York area include Mondays at Birdland where
he plays bass for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party and every Sunday at the Carlyle Hotel.

Women's Forum of Litchfield Presents
"Sylvia Jukes Morris"
Speaking about her books on
Clare Boothe Luce:
Femme Fatale and Political Champion
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed author Sylvia Jukes Morris
and writer Joseph Montebello in a conversation at the
Litchfield Community Center  in Litchfield
on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
Sylvia Jukes Morris was born and educated in England, where she taught
English literature before emigrating to America. She has not only written
the two-volume life of Clare Boothe Luce, but also Edith Kermit Roosevelt:
Portrait of a First Lady. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut,
with her husband, the writer Edmund Morris.

The beautiful, smart, ambitious and often tormented Clare Boothe Luce
(1903-1987) chose Sylvia Jukes Morris to be her biographer, giving her
copious interviews and unprecedented access to her letters, diaries,
 unpublished writings, scrapbooks, and photographs.

PRICE OF FAME: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce is Morris’s critically
 acclaimed follow-up to Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce,
 completing the story of an exceptionally brilliant polymath.

The book chronicles Luce’s progress from the early months of World War II,
when, as a Congresswoman and only female member of the House Military
Affairs Committee, she toured the Western Front, captivating generals and GIs.
She even visited Buchenwald and other concentration camps within days of their liberation.

After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and
became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power.
“La Luce,” as the Italians called her, was also a prolific journalist and magnetic
public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, scuba diver, early experimenter
 in psychedelic drugs, and Grande Dame of the GOP in the Reagan era.

Tempestuously married to Henry Luce,
the powerful publisher of Time Inc.,
she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own,
 and remained a practiced vamp well into old age.

Women’s Forum of Litchfield Presents
David Leite
"Reading & Eating from the New Portuguese Table"
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomed Food Writer David
Leite to speak about his heritage and the delights of Portuguese cuisine
at the Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
David Leite is a food writer, author, memoirist, and web publisher. He
founded Leite’s Culinaria in 1999 and in 2006, he had the distinction of
being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat
he repeated in 2007.

He has written about everything from chocolate chip cookies to fried
clams, from the foods of Portugal to tribulations of being a super
taster—for print, radio, and television. His first book, The New
Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, explored
the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child
Award. He’s also written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living,
Lucky Peach, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Men’s
Health, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post,
Charlotte Observer, among others.

David is also a correspondent on public radio’s The Splendid Table,
hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. He has been a frequent guest and host
on Martha Stewart Living Radio programs, including “Cooking Today,” as
well as a guest on Lucinda Scala Quinn’s program, “Mad Hungry Monday.”
He’s been heard on NPR’s “All Thing Considered” and has appeared on
History Channel 2’s “United Stuff of America,” Food Network’s “Beat
Bobby Flay,” The Today Show, “Radical Sabbatical,” and is a regular
guest on WTNH-TV.

David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing
Without Recipes for his article “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a
Clam” and was nominated for the same award the following year for his
article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both from the
New York Times. He was a 2006 winner of the Bert Greene Award for Food
Journalism. In 2014, he was nominated for both Best Blog and Best
Podcast Series by the IACP. His work has appeared in the Best Food
Writing series a total of 14 times, from 2001 to 2015, a record.

Currently, David’s at work on his memoir Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of
Food, Love, and Manic Depression to be published by Dey Street Books, an
imprint of HarperCollins.  He will bring food samples of olive dip with
bread and orange olive oil cake.  Fran Keilty, owner of the Hickory
Stick, will be offering his books for sale following his presentation.

Women’s Forum of Litchfield Presents
“Stepping Back In History”
Thursday, October 3, 2013
@ Litchfield Community Center

Members of The Litchfield Women's Forum
Portraying the founding members, left to right:
Susan Spencer as Adelaide Deming
Leah Dmytrck as Elizabeth Buel
Lynn Wilson as Harriet Hubbard
Beth Boynton as Stella Van Lear
Susan Pollock as Annie Trumbull
Susan Pasquariello The Historian
photo by Laurellee McKiernan

Among the members and guests was 94yr. old Dorothy Kennedy (front left)
photo by Laurellee McKiernan

100 Years ~ Litchfield Women’s Forum ~ 2014
 Life in 1910-1914 was very difficult for women at that time they had no rights.
Women had no power to change any government ideas.
They were under patriarchal authority and could not vote.
In 1914 the Women’s suffrage movement was gaining momentum.

That same year Litchfield CT became the home of the Woman’s Forum.
Harriet Hubbard, wife of Philip Hubbard, the President of the First National Bank of Litchfield,
 invited a group of 14 of the town’s most active and interesting women to her home
for tea and to discuss the establishment of a woman’s club.
That was the beginning of The Litchfield Woman’s Forum.

On March 26 1914, Mrs. Hubbard placed an announcement in the Litchfield Enquirer:

In 1925, the Forum began inviting outside speakers and has played a remarkable role in bringing
well known people to Litchfield including Eleanor Roosevelt; the architect Marcel Breuer;
authors Katherine Ann Porter and Madeleine L’Engle; travel writer Eugene Fodor;
inventor of the helicopter, Igor Sikorsky; as well as an interesting mix of
speakers on subjects including art, music, travel, and current events.

Almost 100 years later, the Women’s Forum (as it is called) is open to men and women.
The philosophy has been maintained as well as the structure of
serving tea and refreshments after the guest speakers.

We now meet once a month from October to May at 2:30 PM at the Litchfield Community Center.
Membership fees: $35 a year - $10 fee for guests attending single programs.

The Women’s Forum has maintained the goal of the Forum
to provide enriching and enlightened programs.